Thurrock councillor in charge of environment responds to Blackshots tyre fire

Blackshots Fire Vid

THE THURROCK councillor for the environment, has detailed what Thurrock Council has done since a large dump of tyres was set alight over the Bank Holiday Weekend.

Fire crews were called on May 6th, 7th and 8th as massive plumes of smoke hung over the Blackshots area. The tyres were on council land that runs north of the rugby club and east of Blackshots Lane.

Many local residents had to keep their windows closed and remain indoors on what was the hottest day of the year so far.

On Tuesday May 8th, we sent a number of questions to Thurrock Council.

On Wednesday May 16th, they issued this response.

Cllr Aaron Watkins, Portfolio Holder for Environment, said: “These tyres were illegally fly-tipped in the field which does not have any access for vehicles.

“Officers have spent two days clearing around 100 tyres by hand and carrying them out of the field. An investigation will be carried out in line with our zero tolerance approach to environmental crime.”

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